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Report: Seahawks’ Jadeveon Clowney resisted trade to Miami because he wanted to play for a winner

Jadeveon Clowney is now a member of the Seattle Seahawks, but it didn’t always seem like he’d be spending his 2019 season up in the Pacific Northwest.

The Houston Texans — then Clowney’s team — wanted to send him to the Miami Dolphins, but he didn’t want the same. Long-time Texans insider John McClain of the Houston Chronicle recently reported that there was a deal on the table to send him to Miami. However, Clowney refused to play for them.

“The Texans offered to trade Clowney to Miami for Tunsil and multiple high draft picks. The Dolphins wanted Clowney, but he didn’t want the Dolphins even though he had worked out in Miami during the offseason when he refused to report to the Texans because he was unhappy about not getting a long-term deal.

According to two people close to Clowney, he didn’t want to play at Miami for two reasons: the Dolphins are rebuilding, and he didn’t want to play for a team that wasn’t a playoff contender.”

Typically, NFL players have very little control over their destination when looking for a trade. However, Clowney’s case was anything but ordinary. The Texans franchise-tagged him, but he didn’t sign it. Clowney wouldn’t do so unless he was going to be dealt to a team he wanted to play for, essentially giving him a no-trade clause.

Luckily for Seattle, the Seahawks were one of the teams Clowney was interested in, and the deal got done. Miami, on the other hand, ended up trading for left tackle Laremy Tunsil, but they didn’t get a three-time Pro Bowler in return.